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I just saw an answer to a question, do healthcare providers really do oral swabs/tests for herpes these days ? I thought they were unreliable
Testing's hard: Neither the bloodwork nor swabs for cells / viral cultures are 100% reliable. The same is true of most labs. The real question is, "who should be treated, with what, and when?" it's often a judgement call for the physician, with the patient participating as well. ...Read more
There are different types of herpes infections; herpes simplex infection of mouth (gingivostomatitis) and lips (labialis) are the most common. Others include genital herpes, and herpes zoster. Herpes infection could very mild to very dangerous depending on the type and location of the body affected. I ...Read more
Im9 weeks pregnant had herpes before conception should I go through any tests ? Does herpes affect the child had herpes zoster just 6 to 8 blisters
Confusing question: Herpes zoster is a reactivation of chickenpox on superficial skin and provides no direct risk to the fetus. If you never had genital herpes (herpes simplex), your baby is not at risk. Discuss this with your ob. Even moms who have had prior genital herpes can have healthy babies if your OB is aware of it and plans accordingly. ...Read more
Outbreak of bumps on my inner thigh i went to an STD specialist & got tests for herpes all was clear. 1 yr later did tests again clear. Bump returned?
Molluscum?: Bumps on the inner thighs may be caused by a virus called molluscum contagiosum. It's not considered a true std but is passed during skin to skin contact. Interestingly, it's often seen in wrestlers. It's harmless and the bumps usually fall off on their own over time. But it may also be treated by freezing. The virus can be harmful in people who are immunesuppressed for any reason. ...Read more
Does marijuana have any effect on std tests like herpes, hiv, etc...? I've read it doesn't but I would like to know another educated opinion
Have fatigue ; I've got sores under the head of my penis but I've had the all clear from std tests (including herpes); swollen lymph; slight anal itch?
Depends on the test: So we have a couple of tests.One is a polymerase chain reaction test (PCR) for herpes that we get when we scrap the lesion.Another test is a blood test that detects the body's antibody response to an infection by the Herpes Virus.Regarding the PCR test it is very accurate but it depends on getting a good DNA sample from the scraping.The blood test depends on the antibody response time. DNA better. ...Read more
Usually not, but...: Perhaps you have a special reason to get a herpes test. If one's doctor feels a test is needed, one can get a herpes blood test that differentiates between Herpes 1 and 2. Sometimes people get a herpes test if they are marrying a person who already has herpes. The uninfected person is usually trying to figure out how to avoid catching genital herpes. ...Read more
PCR is the best test: Serologic blood tests for antibodies can differentiate HSV-1 from HSV-2. However, if this is a recent infection it may take several weeks for serology to be (+) for HSV. Culture of the lesions will usually be (+) if you have a blister or ulceration due to HSV, but can give false negative results. Polymerase chain reaction(PCR) tests for HSV DNA and is much more sensitive(few false negatives) ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Are IgG blood tests accurate for herpes? If they are and it's not herpes my bf and i had than what could it of been?
Herpes Testing: Igg testing is the common way viral infections are tested for. These tests are in general very accurate, except early in an infection. A mature (ogg) antibody can take three to six months to reach maturity. Without seeing or knowing more about what 'you and your boyfriend' had i cannot answer the second part of your question. ...Read more
I have had 3 negative IGG herpes tests. 1st at 8 weeks after contact, 2nd at 12 weeks, and 3rd at 10 months. How accurate are the results?
I just recently had bacterial vaginosis how does one get that? Also I have painful red bumps that come and go but herpes tests are negative?
Abnormal bacteria: Bv is a result of abnormal growth of a bacteria that is normally present in lower concentrations in the vagina. It is associated with increased sexual partners (but its not a std!), steroid use, etc. Painful red bumps can be many things. See your ob-gyn to get it evaluated. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer